*insert blank stare*
Well, it led to a short conversation about this simple question, with just three words: HOW ARE YOU? I said that usually, when I ask, yes it's a passing question. However, if I pay attention and notice something's off, I will stop and ask what's going on. My coworker had a point though - too many of us are going around, asking how people are, but we're not really interested in the answer. Most times, we're just flying by and don't even wait for a response, whether it's good or bad.
Now I know that we can't stop and have conversations with everybody we encounter everyday, but could we perhaps make it a point to ask one person a week - HOW ARE YOU, REALLY?
I saw this powerful image while searching on Google for How are you....